Fine bubbles and creamy finish are the usual footprints of the L’Ermitage wine. Wild strawberries, roasted nuts and pie crust invite themselves in the glass. Pale salmon color is distinctive and appealing. Acidity is mouthwatering with cranberry and crushed red berry accents. Dosage is balanced and supports and extends the finish. Varietals: 49.7% Pinot Noir, 50.3% Chardonnay – 3.9% reserve wine from vintage 2007. Wine Alcohol: 12.9%. Residual Sugar: 8.1 g/L. Cases Produced: 518
Founded in 1982, Roederer Estate is nestled in Mendocino County’s fog-shrouded, Anderson Valley. As the California property of Champagne Louis Roederer, Roederer Estate builds upon a centuries-old tradition of fine winemaking. The premium grape growing region’s proximity to the ocean gives rise to a gentle cycle of warm days and cool nights, allowing grapes to mature slowly on the vine and develop full varietal character.
L’Ermitage, Roederer Estate’s special tête de cuvée since 1989, is a sparkling wine made only in exceptional years from pre-selected, estate-grown grapes. Roederer Estate produces its sparkling wines in the French méthode traditionelle and adds special oak-aged reserve wines to each blend.
The concept of the vintage L’Ermitage is the same one that is used in Champagne: only the best of the vintage is selected. These are exceptional wines that create a “noble” blend that allows for longer aging, which produces a fine wine with elegance and finesse.
The rosé blend is crafted using a small fraction of red wine, from pinot noir grown on the estate, especially made for this purpose using Burgundian maceration technique that allows skin contact to extract color and aromas. This red wine brings delicate berry flavors and a nice color to further extend the L’Ermitage smoothness and subtleties, allowing for a unique tasting experience.
The wine for the reserve dosage added to L’Ermitage Rosé 2012 was aged 5 years in a French oak cask. Following disgorgement, L’Ermitage Rosé 2012 was aged another 5 months on the cork prior to release.
Winemaker Arnaud Weyrich began his career at Roederer Estate as an intern after he graduated in 1993 from the prestigious Montpellier school, “Ecole Supérieure d’Oenologie” with a Master of Science in Viticulture and Enology. With a strong background in both viticulture and enology, Arnaud put his education to work during his internship. This experience was the start of a great relationship with Maison Louis Roederer, as he later returned to the company and today holds the title of Winemaker and Vice President of Production. After a period back in France working for Louis Roederer Champagne, in 2002 he returned to Roedere Estate in Anderson Valley where to this day he manages the winery in all aspects, from the vineyard to the day-to-day business.